Skip to main content
Updated 22 Jun 2015

Book Review: My Moving Booklet by By Valerie BesanceneyMore than just an expat guide aimed at children, My Moving Booklet by Valerie Besanceney is a workbook that aims to prepare children for a move to a new location. Moving can be scary, confusing, exciting,  or a complex mix of these and other feelings. This book offers an opportunity for children to express what they feel at each step of the move, including their resettlement in their new home. 

My Moving Booklet is an amazing tool for parents and relatives to understand their children’s feelings, help him/her through the transition period, and to guide him/her to new challenges and opportunities. Key is the freedom to express their emotions via drawing, writing, adding photos to their “map of feelings”, which uses emoticons to help the child understand the emotions they might experience, such as frustration, confusion, loneliness, sadness, excitement, happiness. References to Besanceney's first book, B at Home: Emma Moves Again, are included to illustrate various topics. 

The book opens with a picture of "now":  home, surrounding places, people, school, friends, traditions and habits. It follows with a section looking at the reasons for the move, recommending that the child write a list of the pros and cons of relocating. This task includes the child exploring and learning about their new location.

The third section concentrates on the actual move incorporating issues like saying goodbye, what to pack, and collecting messages from teachers, classmates, friends and other important people.  

The final section focuses on the new location: home, school, making friends, learning new traditions and rituals.  At this stage in the relocation process, the author recommends the child make a second list of the pros and cons of their new location – highlighting that there are many things to discover in a new place.  A list of useful resources can be found at the end of the booklet. 

My Moving Booklet is a wonderful step-by-step activity book (65 pages) for children who are relocating with their parents. By completing the booklet, a child gains a better understanding of their feelings and has some practical tools to aid them in the relocation process. This is a valuable tool to help parents better assist their children with the move and would make a priceless gift to the child from a teacher, a school, a close friend or relative. 

~ Reviewed by Sonia Nding in June 2015. Visit Sonia's website at www.CreativeHarmonyBySonia.com.

Expat Health Insurance

Cigna Health Insurance

Cigna Global

With 86 million customer relationships in over 200 countries, Cigna Global has unrivalled experience in dealing with varied and unique medical situations and delivering high standards of service wherever you live in the world.

Get a quote from Cigna Global

GeoBlue International Health Insurance

GeoBlue

GeoBlue is one of the best international health insurance plans for US expats abroad or internationals residing in the USA. The GeoBlue Xplorer plan includes worldwide coverage and great customer service with access to a premium international network of hospitals and doctors including the Blue Cross Blue Shield network in the USA.

Get a quote from GeoBlue

Moving Companies

Sirelo logo

Moving Internationally?

Sirelo has a network of more than 500 international removal companies that can move your furniture and possessions to your new home. By filling in a form, you’ll get up to 5 quotes from recommended movers. This service is free of charge and will help you select an international moving company that suits your needs and budget.

Get your free no-obligation quotes now!